Oahu is nicknamed the gathering place.  Nearly 80% of the population of all the Hawaiian Islands reside on Oahu.
This is the view looking out of my hotel room on Waikiki Beach, Oahu.

 

Here is a zoomed-in view of Waikiki Beach from my hotel room.

Here is a view from my hotel room, looking away from Waikiki Beach into the heart of Honolulu.

The next morning I ventured to Pearl Harbor to tour the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial and U.S.S. Missouri Battleship.

After viewing a 30-minute film of historic news clippings of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, we boarded a small boat and headed for the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial.

The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial is mounted above the actual U.S.S. Arizona Battleship.  The battleship was sunken during the bombing run on December 7th, 1941.  Many of the crew members were entombed within the ship when it sank.
When you look over the right side of the memorial, you can observe gun turret number 3 rising above the water.  Beneath the surface, you can see parts of the ship.
Nearer to the right side of the memorial, you can view a tower structure of the ship.  Before the memorial was built, a flag was raised from this tower as a daily tribute to those that died in the battle.
As you made your way to the back of the memorial, you can look through an open area to view other parts of the sunken ship.

In this picture it is difficult to make out the ship.  In person, you can see fish swimming around the ship and coral rock growing to the structure.
Out to the left of the memorial, you can see other parts of the ship; both above and below the water.

After all these years, oil from the ship still rises to the surface.
In the back end of the memorial, is a quiet area with the names of all those who died in the attack on December 7, 1941.
The view from the memorial is beautiful.  Here is a view looking out over Pearl Harbor over gun turret number 3.
Here is a fly-over view of the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial.
After touring the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, I decided to take a walk-through tour of the U.S.S. Missouri.  The U.S.S. Missouri saw the end of World War II and served time in the Gulf War.

Here is a view of the big guns of the U.S.S. Missouri.  Ships of this type have wooden decks.  Modern ships today have iron decks.
This marker marks the spot where the Japanese signed a declaration to end World War II.
Here is a close-up picture of the marker.
The U.S.S. Missouri also served time in the Persian Gulf for the Gulf War.  One of the many upgrades was the addition of Tomahawk cruise missiles.  Here is a photo of the Tomahawk cruise missile launchers.
On the port and starboard sides of the ship, there is a viewing station for the captain.  Both of these viewing stations are off of the bridge.
Here is a view of the external bridge.  The internal bridge is to the right in the photo.  Notice the small view window to the right.
Here is a view of the internal bridge.
The internal bridge is very well protected.
Touring the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial and U.S.S. Missouri Battleship was exciting, but I was tired and hot.  I decided to check out the waters for the first time in Hawaii.  In this photo, I am swimming in Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Oahu.  The volcano  Diamond Head is in the background.  The water felt great.  The water temperature is cooler than Miami Beach, but warmer that the beaches of Southern California.
Here is a view to the left of Diamond Head.  Waikiki Beach is not too deep, but it does stretch around the coast a bit.
Isn't this a cozy job?  The pay is probably low, but the view is nice.

A lot of the signs in Hawaii are bilingual.  The signs are in English and Japanese.

The hotel was conveniently located across from Waikiki Beach
After a long day or touring the sites, it was time to drop in the pool and Jacuzzi.  I had to rest up before tackling dinner and Mai Tais.

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